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Naturejobs Career Expo – Boston 2014

2nd June 2014
By Katy Alexander

2014 Boston Width

This year we attended the inaugural Naturejobs Career Expo in Boston which aims to promote global career opportunities in science.

Held at the Hynes Convention Centre, the one-day event offered those seeking jobs in science an opportunity to meet with potential employers. The conference also included a schedule jam-packed full of useful workshops with practical advice, and panels discussions with people of note.

As well as exhibiting, we were lucky enough to organise one of the workshops with a rather provocative title, “I love science, but I don’t want to be a researcher.” The focus of the session was to present interesting examples of alternative careers available to scientists outside of the lab.

On our panel we had
Nathan Watson, the founder of
BioRAFT. He gave an entertaining talk on how he became an entrepreneur after identifying that safety in the lab needed to be improved, explaining that it is perfectly acceptable to love science (including cell cultures), but also to transfer skills gained from training as a scientist into business. Nathan also focused on the role of mentors, offering up valuable advice to those considering becoming an entrepreneur – get a mentor.

Next up was Laura Wheeler, our Community Manager. Laura explained her varied career path from studying science at university, to becoming a science communicator and managing online communities of scientists. Laura explained that it’s all about work experience:

“Dip your toes in the water, try lots of different jobs so you can make informed decisions on what you want from your career. And sometimes, you need to get work experience to get the good work experience.”

Finally, Linda Lee the newly recruited Product Manager at ReadCube talked about her decision to leave the lab, after battling with frustrations, and how she tinkered with internships and became a freelance writer. Linda explained that a Project Manager uses skills gained in the lab, such as managing tasks and thinking analytically.

Career Expo Panel

For more information from our panel, feel free to get in touch, there were also lots of tweets on the hashtag #NJCEalt. If you want to see the latest job opportunities at Digital Science or our portfolio companies, you can see all of our openings here.

Naturejobs Career Expo Boston follows on the continued success of the Naturejobs Career Expo in London, now in its seventh year; the Naturejobs Career Expo is the UK’s largest career fair and conference focused exclusively on the scientific world – keep an eye out for Digital Science as we’ll be there. 

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